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Activities: Quality Over Quantity

Activities: Quality Over Quantity

By Observer Opinion

June 13, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions, Top Stories

Captain of a varsity sports team, a position on the student government, president of several clubs, skilled artist, member of numerous honor societies, over 200 hours of volunteer work, a multi-AP class course load and straight A’s. It seems impossible, but this is the goal of many CHS students who...

Say Yes: Teach Affirmative Consent

May 26, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Recently, Montgomery County made headlines for a rape that occurred at Rockville High School. According to the National Sexual Violence Resource Center (NSVRC), one out of every five American women have been victims of rape or attempted rape in their lifetime. Furthermore, on college campuses, one...

Why MCPS Should Teach Everyone to Code

By Julia Lescht, Online Opinions Editor

April 19, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Online Exclusives, Opinions

Technology. It's the wave pushing future progress. Infinite sources of information--both credible and incredible--are available at the click of a button. Robots are taking over the jobs of people everywhere you turn. Americans no longer need to leave their homes in order to get dinner. It makes somewhat...

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

Pre-College Costs Hinder Students

By Observer Opinion

March 29, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

College is an expensive investment into a student’s future. At CHS, most of students’ daily lives and choices revolve around earning amazing grades and outstanding test scores so they receive admittance to their dream school. But as college tuitions continue to rise, the cost of the college application...

Responsibility to Report All News

Responsibility to Report All News

February 21, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

As staff members of a hyperlocal student publication, some may wonder if we are sticking our heads where they don’t belong when we tackle national and political issues. There is not a clear consensus about whether the purpose of a school newspaper is to simply cover what’s happening inside the hallways,...

Good Communication is Necessary

Good Communication is Necessary

January 11, 2017


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

We think of CHS as place where all are welcome and as a place where students have the support they need. But time and time again, this ideal has unfortunately been proven incorrect. Over the past year, CHS has been through an extraordinary number of emotional stressors. As a community, we look towards...

CHS Must Unite Post Election

CHS Must Unite Post Election

December 5, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Dear CHS, The 2016 election was an emotional, tumultuous experience for almost everyone involved. The rhetoric that spilled from both Democrats and Republicans was harsh and insistent for the better part of the last two years. This election showcased how divided our country has become. Voting was split...

School Policies Irk CHS Students

School Policies Irk CHS Students

October 1, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Online Exclusives, Opinions, Top Stories

The start of school comes every year without fail. New classes, loads of homework and the numerous “con- tracts” students mindlessly sign on the first week of school in order to get out of homeroom and on with their day. Every year, a Code of Conduct is handed out, in addition to an Anti-...

The Blame Game: Nobody Can Win

The Blame Game: Nobody Can Win

May 31, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

Two suicides in three months. This simple sentence cannot even begin to describe the pain and suffering felt by the entire CHS community. Why did this happen? What could have been done to prevent it? What do we do now? Many people have tried to identify the contributing sources of these tragedies, whether...

MCPS: No Policy is Not a Policy

MCPS: No Policy is Not a Policy

May 3, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

MCPS: a county filled with rules and regulations, boards and commit- tees and almost every kind of admin- istrative policy. Yet, with all of these governing bodies that address numer- ous issues within the county, there is no clear cut policy written by MCPS addressing transgender students’ us...

We Need Proactive Mental Health Support

We Need Proactive Mental Health Support

March 22, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

If you think it’s difficult to read an article about suicidal students, consider what it would be like to be one. In light of recent tragedies, mental health awareness has become more of a hot topic at CHS. Students and staff have rallied together in organizations like Sources of Strength and National...

We Have a Microphone, Now Speak Up

We Have a Microphone, Now Speak Up

February 25, 2016


Filed under Observer Opinion, Opinions

If The Little Mermaid taught us anything, it was to value our voices. Oftentimes, students take their voice and ability to represent themselves within the school system for granted. Or they underestimate it. Whether or not students use their voice for prom or progress, it’s time to realize...

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